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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing 

Shin kidô senki Gundam W (original title)
A squadron of giant robot pilots of a beleaguered Earth colony bring the war to their oppressive home planet.
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Series cast summary:
Hikaru Midorikawa ...  Heero Yuy 49 episodes, 1995-1996
Toshihiko Seki ...  Duo Maxwell 49 episodes, 1995-1996
Ryûzô Ishino Ryûzô Ishino ...  Chang Wufei 49 episodes, 1995-1996
Akio Ôtsuka ...  Narrator / ... 49 episodes, 1995-1996
Lisa Ann Beley ...  Relena Darlian / ... 49 episodes, 1995-1996
Brian Drummond ...  Milliardo Peacecraft / ... 49 episodes, 1995-1996
Mark Hildreth ...  Heero Yuy / ... 49 episodes, 1995-1996
Chris Kalhoon ...  Bright Noa 49 episodes, 1995-1996
David Kaye ...  Treize Khushrenada / ... 49 episodes, 1995-1996
Scott McNeil ...  Duo Maxwell 49 episodes, 1995-1996
Kirby Morrow ...  Trowa Barton 49 episodes, 1995-1996
Brad Swaile ...  Quatre Raberba Winner / ... 49 episodes, 1995-1996
Ted Cole ...  Chang Wufei 47 episodes, 1995-1996
Saffron Henderson ...  Lucrezia Noin / ... 33 episodes, 1995-1996
Ward Perry Ward Perry ...  Howard / ... 31 episodes, 1995-1996
Don Brown ...  Dr. J / ... 29 episodes, 1995-1996
Michael Dobson ...  Duke Dermail / ... 29 episodes, 1995-1996
Enuka Okuma ...  Lady Une / ... 25 episodes, 1995-1996
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In the future, humanity has constructed several space colonies. But the corrupt Treize and his organization Oz have manipulated the United Earth Sphere Alliance into controlling earth and its colonies with an iron fist. To counteract this extreme measure, rebel colonies launch Operation: Meteor; an attempt to smuggle Mobile Suits made of Gundanium alloy to earth to combat the corruption and free earth and the colonies from Oz's control. One of these "Gundams" is piloted by Heero Yuy, who is shot down and is forced to blend in to enemy society. Now up against social issues with a girl named Relena and Oz and its puppets, Heero must unite with other rebels and save his people. Written by redcommander27

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6 March 2000 (USA) See more »

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Gundam Wing See more »

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Lompoc, California, USA See more »

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(49 episodes)

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Trowa Barton was named after director Tim Burton; series director Masashi Ikeda has admitted to being a fan of Burton's work. See more »

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When Sally Po is introduced, she talks in a high-pitched, almost little girl-like voice. In later episodes, her voice is far more gruff. See more »

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Quatre Raberba Winner: They're violent and dangerous, but they're all really nice guys.
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Some scenes did not even survive the so-called "uncut" versions; among these are a scene where the Gundam pilots sans Heero drink champage together, and a scene in Episode 47 "Collision in Space" where Duo Maxwell encounters a gay couple on the battleship Libra. See more »

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Just Communication
Performed by Two-Mix
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Make your own decision - but here are my thoughts
4 November 2004 | by UntensuSyuuSee all my reviews

While I understand that the point of a review is to inform, I am honestly disappointed in the ones posted by my peers. Most of the reviews are either blindly positive or blindly negative. I hope that this review proves to be informative and unbiased, so that it attracts the attention of interested parties.

The plot of Gundam Wing is standard fare for the epic Gundam saga: in the near future, orbiting space colonies are unfairly repressed by a greedy terrestrial government. On the anniversary of a great colonial leader's death, five young rebels go to Earth to wage guerilla warfare on the Earth Alliance. Their weapons: Gundams, giant humanoid battle machines of immense power. As the five boys fight for independence, the Alliance is overthrown by OZ, a secret society run by a powerful military-industrial complex that has been pulling the strings all along. Soon after, the Gundam pilots, their civilian allies, and like-minded members of OZ join forces to take down the warring factions and bring real peace.

With the characters, we have a group of young people who are highly misunderstood by the anime community. Heero Yuy, pilot of Wing Gundam, is a teenage soldier who's been trained to keep his emotions in check to the point where almost seems inhuman. On the civilian side is Relena Darlian, an introverted girl whose lonely upper-class childhood has left her seeking real friendship. The connection that begins with their chance encounter on a beach eventually leads to great emotional growth in them both, as Heero learns to live with his humanity - and his mistakes - and Relena becomes a more assertive, well-rounded person. Completing this classic triangle is ace pilot Zechs Marquise, Relena's long-lost brother, who entered the military so he could exact revenge for the slaying of their parents and the destruction of their homeland. Aiding Heero in his battles are the other four Gundam pilots: the cheerful Duo Maxwell, the somber Trowa Barton, the caring Quatre Winner, and the brash Zhang Wu Fei. On the side of OZ, we have the anachronistically noble Treize Khushrenada, his multi-faceted aide Lady Une, Zechs' old friend Lucrezia Noin, and Dorothy Catalonia, Relena's war-loving rival. Rounding out the main cast are the civilians: rebel soldier Sally Po, the Maganac Corps (a group of soldiers allied to Quatre, junk dealer Howard, and the "mad" scientists who built the Gundams.

The story is carried out pretty well. Most older Gundam series have the problem that they focus on the main character so much that it almost seems like the world revolves around him. With Wing, time is spent with a large number of varying characters, giving us a better picture of the After Colony world. The characters are well-written and exhibit a lot of growth, keeping with the central theme of communication between people. The mechanical designs are skillfully handled by three Gundam veterans: Kunio Okawara, Hajime Katoki, and Junya Ishigaki. The soundtrack features slick pop tunes by Two-Mix and a large number of well-orchestrated background tracks that underscore the action perfectly.

Admittedly, there are some pacing problems (such as two consecutive clip shows), but it all evens out in the end. A lot of people like to trash certain characters (Relena in particular), but as I've seen, most of this springs from their forming an opinion of the characters within their first five minutes on screen and never changing it. Some people complain that the Gundams are too powerful, ignoring the fact that they HAVE to be strong to fight entire armies by themselves. Also, while some say that Wing is "a complete rip-off of the original series", it's actually more original than Gundam Seed, a more recent addition to the family. And there is a bit much in the way of stock footage, but that can be expected with almost any anime.

There's another stumbling block, though: a disproportionate amount of people insist that the entire male cast is homosexual. Despite what the fangirls may say, this is not official. The actual series, and its sequels, show Heero and Relena as very close, with subtle hints at a deeper relationship than the princess and her knight in shining armor.

So, what's the final verdict? Personally, I love this series, so obviously I'm going to recommend it. But I will say this: if you decide to watch Gundam Wing based on my comments, ignore everything you read or hear about it. Watch the series with an open mind and no preconceptions. Don't listen to anyone else, because in the end, the opinion that matters the most is your own.


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